Consternation in Reading

The Nov. 23, 1905 London Times reported that a man and his gamekeeper at East Liss, Hants., 40 miles from Reading, heard “a loud, distant rumbling” which seemed to be “a composition of triplets of sounds” on Nov. 17 about 3:30 p.m. The gamekeeper had heard similar sounds at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. They were “not like gunfire.” According to the Reading Standard, the sounds “closely resembled those that had been heard during the meteoric shower of 1866.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p499 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

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